Thursday, 3 December 2009

Gurgaon approves B&B for Commonwealth Games

To accommodate the rush of tourists during the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi October next year, the Haryana government announced a bed and breakfast scheme for Gurgaon. Under the scheme, house owners in Gurgaon city, adjoining national capital New Delhi, will be able to rent out their premises to tourists coming for the Commonwealth Games 2010.

Residents could apply under this scheme and give up a maximum of five rooms for rent with complimentary services like power backup, Wi-Fi, air-conditioning and 24X7 security.

A state government spokesman said here that since building new hotels would take a longer time, the central government has also approved 25 houses which can be converted into guest houses during the Commonwealth Games.

The government approved the bed and breakfast for the NCR also to fill in the gap between the required number of rooms for the Commonwealth Games and those that could be provided by hotels. The registration and other processes have been simplified under the bed and breakfast scheme.

Before giving permission to a property for the bed and breakfast scheme, the security issue would be looked into specifically.

The move has been forced on the government as the hotel industry is facing a financial crunch and real estate market is in a slump. The bed and breakfast scheme came up as a viable alternative. At least 100 such bed and breakfast homes are likely to be approved.

Haryana has been able to offer about 7,000 hotel rooms for the CWG in the National Capital Region (NCR).


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